(17-November-2015 / )

Rainsy Cancels Return to Phnom Penh Turning his back on a public promise, opposition leader Sam Rainsy canceled his scheduled return to Cambodia on Monday night and said he would instead return “in the next few days,” refusing to guarantee that his time abroad would not stretch into weeks or months.

(16-November-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Ministry Requests Governor Response to Minorities The Interior Ministry on Friday released a letter that it sent to Mondolkiri provincial governor Eng Bunheang asking him to respond to a petition—filed last month and thumbprinted by 900 members of 17 ethnic minority Bunong communities—requesting his removal.

(16-November-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Facing Arrest, Sam Rainsy Promises to Return Today Opposition leader Sam Rainsy is set to be arrested upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport late Monday night after saying he will return from abroad as scheduled despite orders last week that he be arrested for defaming Foreign Minister Hor Namhong.

(16-November-2015 / PPP)

Vietnamese border at centre of new book A new book by veteran journalist Chhay Sophal, released on Saturday, argues that politicians on both sides on the political divide should discuss a concerted strategy to “claim back” territory from Vietnam that was once part of a Khmer kingdom.

The book is likely to be controversial, coming amid heightened tensions between the two countries and political forces in Cambodia that led to protests and clashes earlier this year.

(16-November-2015 / PPP)

Rainsy vows to return amid threats of arrest Opposition leader Sam Rainsy is scheduled to return to Phnom Penh tonight where he could face arrest and a two-year prison sentence over a defamation case dating back to 2008, his party said yesterday.

Eng Chhay Eang, a spokesman of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, said yesterday evening that Rainsy – who has been visiting supporters in South Korea – will arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport at around 10:30pm on a Korean Air flight.

According to the airport’s arrival schedule, the flight is due to land at 10:20pm.

(16-November-2015 / PPP)

Paris attacks felt in Kingdom On Saturday morning, flowers were piled high on the shuttered storefronts of Le Petit Cambodge restaurant in Paris.

The Cambodian eatery, popular with young clients in the hip 10th arrondissement, was the site of a bloodbath on Friday which killed 14 people, one of six sites in a series of massacres which left at least 129 people dead and hundreds more injured across the French capital.

(14-November-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Draft Union Law Criticised by GMAC, Unions The Council of Ministers ap­proved the draft Trade Union Law on Friday and will send it to the National Assembly next week, ac­cording to the council’s spokes­man, who defended the legislation against its many detractors in the multibillion-dollar garment sector.

The law, which would establish new rules for forming and dissolving unions, has been in the making for years, thought the government has not released a draft since mid-2014. It has drawn criticism from unions and employers alike.

(14-November-2015 / The Cambodian Daily)

PM Orders Stop to Land Leases Along Border The government is preparing to order a stop to the leasing of land along the country’s borders with Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, ac­cording to a message posted to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Face­book page Friday.

Following a year of rising tensions with Vietnam over a number of contested regions along Cam­bodia’s eastern border, Mr. Hun Sen wrote that the practice must stop to avoid disputes with neighboring countries.

(14-November-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Rainsy Urges Migrants in Korea to Attend Events Opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Friday urged Cambodians living in South Korea to attend CNRP events being held in Seoul this weekend, despite a warning from the Cambodian ambassador on Thurs­­day that people should stay away.

In a video posted to his Face­book page on Thursday, Ambas­sador Suth Dina said a “concert” or­ganized by the opposition party was simply a front for provoking racial discrimination, and warned migrant workers against attending.

(14-November-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Last Borei Keila Residents Mull City’s Final Offer Thirteen long years after the Phanimex Development company signed a deal to develop a heavily populated slice of land in central Phnom Penh, the remaining members of a community displaced by the project were offered compensation on Friday, but appear set to re­ject the offers and stand their ground.